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Night emergency
Forfatter: Aina Villanger
Forlag: (Forlaget Oktober, Norge)
Aina Villanger has written a collection of poems that will communicate, in a setting that is intimate and universal at the same time.


Night emergency begins with a quote by Camille Paglia: "The most common violence in the world is childbirth, with its horrible pain and bloodshed." It is not so easy to discuss this claim when you are a man, although you may have witnessed both one and several births on up close – the pain and blood have been seen and heard, but this thing that Paglia calls violence, naturally knows only the woman who gives birth. On the whole, as a man, you are a little distant and consider Aina Villanger's poem about birth and the birth of children.

The fact that the body gives up a living life also paradoxically points to death

Still, the collection is written in a language that does not exclude us guys from what is about an existential basic situation, especially for the newborn child, but also for the mother, the one who leads the I voice in the poems. Villanger's language lacks neither metaphors nor what can be called good poetic compression, but the tone and the formulations are never far from the ordinary and general: These are poems that will communicate and showcase a setting that is both intimate and universal at the same time .

The mirror of the gaze

The first setting is the bed in the maternity ward at the hospital, where the mother lies with her newborn son. And the boy's scream for tits dominates the poems. Hunger wakes the baby, it opens its mouth and lets out the scream, and the mother responds as best she can, with the milk she has to give. It may sound banal, but that's what it's about in the very first phase of life:. . .

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